EAST LIVERPOOL, OH (WCMH) — A 4-year-old boy seen in a viral photo in the backseat of a van while his grandmother and her boyfriend were passed out from drug overdoses has found a new home.
The boy will be going to live with his great aunt and great uncle in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
James Acord, 47, and Rhonda Hasek, 50, both face multiple charges.
Police say they shared photos of the couple from the scene to “show the other side of this horrible drug.”
According to the police report, an officer started following the couple’s car on St. Clair Avenue in East Liverpool around 3pm after spotting it driving erratically and weaving on the roadway.
The officer says the vehicle nearly hit school bus that was dropping kids off on Prospect Street before skidding to a stop.
The officer noticed Acord’s head was bobbing, his speech was unintelligible and he had pinpoint pupils. He managed to tell the officer he was taking Hasek to the hospital.
When the officer reached inside the vehicle to turn off the engine, he then noticed the boy in the backseat.
“I imagine that little kid that’s in that car, he’s probably seen that at home probably dozens of times where they’re passed out with needles in their arms,” said Police Chief John Lane told WKBN-TV.
The officer said Acord began to lose consciousness. Pasek was already unconscious and turning blue, the police report states.
EMS personnel were called to the scene and revived both adults with several rounds of Narcan, an opioid-reversal drug, before taking them to the hospital.
Lane says the department doesn’t often see people driving in this condition.
“We’ll find people passed out in parking lots and sometimes in parks and out of the way places,” said Lane. “They’ll shoot up and pass out.”
According to the police report, a pink powdery substance was found inside a folded piece of paper on the front passenger seat. It was sent to a lab for testing, but Lane says the results may not be available for a few weeks.
Both Acord and Pasek are from New Cumberland, West Virginia.